eat live well



Interview with Emily


How did you get into the business of cooking?

When I got into the food industry it wasn’t “sexy” like it is today.  The Food Network was just starting out and Bobby Flay was not yet a household name but Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet were as much a part of my childhood as The Brady Bunch and I dreamed of being a chef too.  After completing Skidmore College with a degree in Literature and several short stints down non cooking paths, I followed that dream and enrolled in CIA. 

What’s your specialty?

For years my niche was “how to be intentional in the kitchen, how to cook like a ninja, how to get in and get out as quickly as possible” but I had this epiphany.

I was at my mother’s and we were arguing about something silly and suddenly mid-sentence she stops and says, “Let's have dinner.  I made dinner.”  So we sit down to the table and as we eat I notice the sweetness of the carrots and the tenderness of the potatoes.  I can taste how much my mother loves me as we share the meal she prepared and I am overcome with gratitude for who my mother is for me.  in that moment, at my mother’s house, I reconnect to why I became a chef in the first place and for who I get to be when I feed people, and the gift that is.

I want that for everyone.

Food says, sometimes, what words cannot.

Food says, sometimes, what words do not know to say.


Can you help me?

Yes!  Regardless of where you are in your culinary path, I can help you get where you want to go.  Whether you’re just starting out and wanting to do it all or you’re reluctant and perhaps slightly resentful about having to get something on the table every night, or you’re an empty nester who finally has time to dream again, I can help.

I get it.  I know you.  I know where you struggle.  I know where you gave up a part of yourself.  I know what it’s like to put your heart on the plate only to have some family member critique or outright refuse your “big result of the day”.  I get not wanting to even bother. 

But cooking is not the boobie prize.  It is for you, as much as them.  It is a creative, joyful, even meditative, artistic expression that you get to practice (like yoga or piano)  on a daily basis.  You have to eat.  Being the one to put that food on the table is a gift.  And while it is a necessity, it is also a wonderful medium to reconnect with yourself and delicious life you deserve. 

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Emily Klein, founder of EAT LIVE WELL is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  She has learned directly from master chefs, including Michael Chiarello and David Burke of Napa Valley and New York City fame.  Emily was also Director of Special Events for renowned wine importer Michael Skurnik Wines.  She taught a wide range of cooking classes at the JCC of Manhattan for over 10 years, and has coached extensively for various leadership and lifestyle programs, as well as privately.  


Combining her training and education with her love for food and commitment to a healthy, vibrant, satisfying life, Emily brings her passion for eating and living well to you.

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